- Oct 30, 2003
- Avondale, Arizona
- Aero SP AT-4 (Gobosh 700X)
I was a DPE from 1991 until my retirement in 2020. My lifetime average pass rate was less than 70%. I administered several thousand tests to ESL (English second language) applicants so that may help explain the lower rate. In the latter years a very common reason for failing to meet the standard was lack of collision avoidance. They didn't look out the window! Inadequate crosswind control during takeoff and landing was also a common deficiency as was CFIT awareness. Failing to demonstrate good ADM was the proximate cause of many failures.
The pass rates on practical tests for the initial issuing of pilot certificates, specifically private pilot, commercial pilot, and flight instructor certificates, went down in 2022 for the first time in the past few years. What's behind the decline and how can it be reversed?